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26 May 2009 @ 03:42 pm
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Funny how when I first got here, I had tons of time but not enough to do, now I have tons to do but not enough time (and with the long commute, the inconvenient -- for me -- track practice schedule and such, it really does wear me down, I haven't spent nearly as much time recharging as I should. Somehow it seems more fun to hang out with people and do stuff. Crazy, that). God, I'm really tired, but unlike last week, I feel more on top of things at least.

Also, apparently they're going to be doing water main work on the nearby road here soon. I didn't catch the days, though, I'll have to see (early June?) Also, apparently my Japanese is actually improving, or at least, I've learned some useful things here and there that have actual practical application (like, one, I can actually read 水道工事 on the announcement -- look at me, I'm almost pre-literate!) But I still feel like an idiot most of the time, cuz I don't understand the vast majority of the things people say to me. I mean, at all. :(

Anyway, observation and such...

Had a couple sudden stops on the train lately. Neither one was a 人身事故 but you always wonder about that. Didn't really say what it was the second one was (other than announcing an emergency stop, but the first one was apparently some sort of luggage-related incident). Also, speaking of trains, I swear that rush hour is specifically designed to aggravate sports injuries. Geebus. Incidentally, I don't think I actually have shin splints -- I just have "too much running on pigeon-toe-itis," which is constant sore muscles in weird places in my shins/ankles and knees. Ah, well. Doc wasn't much help, his response to me complaining about shin pain was "oh, it's because your kidneys are failing" (don't you think, you know, it might be the running? Anyway, my blood work came back fine -- better than Denver, so, uh, don't think that's it). Speaking of which, I ought to know my blood type... Whenever I get around to going back. In a couple weeks, I guess. They didn't manage to take enough blood the first day, though, so I had to do it twice (second time when talking about the blood work from the first time). Gah. Also, counting down before they poke me is not nice, I really don't want to know, that's why I don't look.

Had adventures with banks trying to pay my tuition, ended up visiting half the banks in Shibuya. And then wandered around quite a bit some more looking for suits. Ended up getting two for, well, a significant amount of money several days later, but, well, now I have a couple suits (or will in a couple days when they finish adjusting them), and in time for the 上南戦 or whatever other not-quite-justifying-the-purchase-of-two-suits events might still be in my near-to-intermediate future. Yay. The GF was quite helpful throughout these two events (actually, she ended covering the actual payment transaction for both for various reasons, while I covered her payment in cash -- although there was a minor, easily-remedied problem with the tuition thing -- I hope, anyway, at least they haven't contacted me about any further problems).

Also, I like CoCo Ichiban. So far, not really impressively hot, but I'm working my way up the scale. I expect a 10 will be nice, but not the hottest food I've ever had -- that's still my Thai cooking, or the hottest wings I've had in various places. A 10 is possibly the equivalent of the curry at the really kick-ass Indian place in Shibuya when I told them to try and kill me.

Time to study some more.
 
 
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Aifebruaryfour on May 26th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
The GF is glad she was of service. So that's why you keep me around. ^_~
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on May 27th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Well, there might be one or two OTHER reasons, too.
asakiyumeasakiyume on May 26th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
My husband and son loved Little Spoon curry in Sapporo. I wonder if they have it in Tokyo. Amazingly lethal curry--if it does exist where you are, you should try it.
Dustybigmog on May 26th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
I heard good things about Little Spoon before it went downhill.
http://www.gamespite.net/verbalspew/archives/entry_746.php
asakiyume: corvus coroneasakiyume on May 26th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh noes! I can't let the menfolk hear, they'll be beside themselves... Maybe it's just that one branch that's gone downhill? Here's fingers crossed that the one in Sapporo is still good... but yeah, I guess Doug doesn't need to waste his time trying that Shibuya one out...
seishinbyouseishinbyou on May 26th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
At some branches, you can order an 11. I have only done this in Shiki, the old CocoIchi that no longer exists near Okachimachi, though.

There is a European "style" Curry place near here (on street view, it is the one with the yellow awning):
http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=ja&geocode=&q=%E5%A4%96%E8%8B%91%E5%89%8D&sll=36.5626,136.362305&sspn=37.994168,76.113281&ie=UTF8&ll=35.676387,139.712636&spn=0.001129,0.002323&z=19

They will keep upping the spicyness level, but charge 50 yen for every additional level above 10 (it gets a bit too expensive for me past 16)

Finally, there is a very spicy "mabo tofu" place near Kiba station on the Tozai line. In the "Ito Yokado" building, it is on the 1st floor. There are a few good restaurants around that area, actually.

...but I digress
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on May 27th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Need more time for a full investigation!